|Team Berger: (Clockwise from left) Dhruba Chakraborty, Sayan Dasmal, Jaideep Ghosh, Ashis Sarkar, Surajit Dutta, Dibyojyoti Roy and Debanjan Saha. Captain Bijoy Mukherjee is the bespectacled man in the middle
Berger Paints: The veterans
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Captain! My Captain! Bijoy Mukherjee has been at the helm for more than five years and at 52, is, clearly, the big daddy of the team. “We have been playing this tournament from 1995, but never won. Our MD, Abhijit Roy, really encourages us. We come back every year because it’s the nearest club to our corporate office on Park Street. And, we have lots of executives who are on the board of The Saturday Club. So, it is a long association of the corporate company and the club. It is fun to participate. Though we have not won the tournament, we have won prizes for Best Dressed and Best Spirit. You come here and build connections. It is a good meet. It reduces the monotony of our regular life,” says the sportsman and theatre enthusiast.
The star player: Sayan Dasmal, who travels all the way from Rishra to smash it for his company. “His strength is his physique and fitness,” is the certificate from the skipper. “I enjoy badminton a lot. I took it up in Class IV,” Sayan smiles, shyly.
The corporate blue: Jaideep Ghosh, the “only player” who also makes it to the cricket and football teams. “I have been playing for 15 years and I am 46 now. Badminton was the first game that we started with,” he says. So, what’s his everlasting memory? “Losing most of the matches!” he chuckles.
The baby of the team: Debanjan Saha, 23. “Pass me your matchbox,” says Bijoy. “See, this is the relationship we share. We are all like family. When we work, we focus on our work and when we play, we focus on that,” smiles Debanjan, who happens to be the company’s best cricketer.
The toughest to manage:Dibyojyoti Roy, the manager, laughs the captain, before adding, “He has led us from the front. He is always ready to accept challenges.”
Last point: “God help us!” smiles Jaideep. “We don’t have the right team... but we have made it to the quarter-finals (of the Silver Plate) this year,” says Bijoy.
|Team Siddha: (L-R) Bhaskar Mazumder, Piyush Malhotra, Praveen Jariwal, Siddhartha Naskar, Bunty Agarwal, Chaitali Paul, Chirantan Mondal, Sudip Basak, Prasanta Das, Ranajit Dey and Manoj Sharma
Siddha Group: The debutants
Down, but never out: “This is our first time at the tournament. We wanted to play. We are fit, but we need a little bit of coaching,” says captain Sudip Basak. Siddha hasn’t really got off to a flying start, but there’s no denting their spirit. The lion’s share of keeping that spirit alive goes to three Siddha men — Arvind Ganeriwala (COO), Sanjay Jain (MD) and Siddharth Sethia (joint MD).
Better late than never: Though the decision to take part was a delayed one, Manoj Sharma, the team’s cheerleader, feels the boys have done a fabulous job reaching the quarter-finals of the Silver Plate. “We will take away this experience and do better next year,” says Piyush Malhotra, the youngest team member at 21.
The one-woman army: Chaitali Paul, who picked up T-shirts and racquets for everybody. The boys in the team hail her as “a one-woman army!” Though a bit upset with the team’s performance, she says, “Thik hai! We will try to do well in the next match!”
The sportsman spirit: “Someone has to win... someone has to lose.… Winning was not the objective. We wanted to be a part of the tournament… to have a feel of it. Probably we will come out much stronger next year. Maybe we should have practised more... we are thinking of coming up with a sports committee,” says Bunty Agarwal.
Just because you are rushing to Saturday Club from work doesn’t mean you have to be boring. With the finals slated for Saturday, stylist Ameira Punvani tells you how to dress up your white-tee look:
Accessorise with nice canvas belts.
Since you will be playing, keep your accessories minimal. Opt for a colourful wristband. Match them to your belt.
Try bandanas. It is a nice accessory.
Try shoe laces in different colours. You could also match them to your belt or your wristband.
Text: Saionee Chakraborty